Simple Definition of madrigal
: a type of song for several singers without instruments that was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
Full Definition of madrigal
Origin of madrigal
Italian madrigale, probably from Medieval Latin matricale, from neuter of *matricalis simple, from Late Latin, of the womb, from Latin matric-, matrix womb, from mater mother
First Known Use: 1588
Learn More about madrigal
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "madrigal"
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up madrigal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).